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LETTER: Marching Bees bring back memories

To the editor: My mom just sent me a clipping she’d held on to awhile, which was a letter from Dr. David Hamilton, Superintendent of Schools, and Casey Vanderstouw, marching band director, thanking alumni of the B’ville Marching Band for the years of support. That stirred quite a few emotions for me, and on behalf of many alumni, just wanted to share a ‘way back then’ moment.

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EDITORIAL: Forcing eighth-graders to take Regents curriculum doesn’t serve students

We certainly don’t doubt the abilities of the students in the Baldwinsville district, and we don’t advocate for the dumbing down of our students. But to force an accelerated curriculum down the throats of the entire student body, especially with so little discussion, practically guarantees that some will be left behind.

CAVAC’s grateful thank you to the community

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: On July 4 and 5, CAVAC (Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps) held the annual Cazenovia Arts and Crafts Fair on the lawn at Lorenzo State Historic Site. It was a beautiful weekend for CAVAC’s only fundraising event of the year. With over 125 arts, crafts and food vendors and an estimated 11,100 visitors attending the show, it was a resounding success.

Column: Past present: A tour of the Sterling Renaissance Festival

Nestled in the hills of Sterling in a most unlikely grove, from early July through mid August, the past comes alive at the Sterling Renaissance Festival.

‘The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics,’ by Daniel James Brown

BOOK REVIEW

“The Boys in the Boat” is the story of an eight-man University of Washington crew team that rose to national prominence and competed at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The book’s inspirational tale of college underdogs and athletic achievement is a story of personal transformation for its central figure, crewsman Joe Rantz, but also shows a wider view of American life during the Great Depression.

Column: Mistake made by the College Board on June 6 SAT

I’d like to clear up the confusion about last month’s SAT exam. The College Board has admitted to an error in the last section of the exam, a section that was on all versions of the test administered on June 6.

Editorial: Residential chickens cause big problems in a small community

Chicken is a staple in the American diet. Whether it be their meat or their eggs, there are countless ways to cook a chicken and its products. For some people, raising chickens in their yards seems like a cost-effective way to get poultry products, rather than drive to Wegmans or Tops.

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Historic North Syracuse: Meet Hubert C. Fay

Born in 1875, my granddad Hubert Carpenter Fay transitioned easily from the horse and buggy days into the age of the automobile.

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NOPL news: Enjoy hands-free reading throughout the busy summer

Get your hands on a hands-free read by picking up an audiobook at NOPL. For many people, the summer months are packed with activities: family vacations, get-togethers, holiday celebrations, summer camps and other events. With so much going on, we often leave little downtime for ourselves to enjoy reading. But some people have found a “secret” way to squeeze in that summer read — it’s in the form of an audiobook.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Donate blood at the ninth annual Lifesavers Blood Drive

I hope you’ll consider joining me in helping to save lives this summer at the ninth annual Lifesavers Blood Drive. The event will be held from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, at Driver’s Village at 5885 E. Circle Drive in Cicero.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Historic village photos now among Images of America

For 11 long months, from February to December 2014, Dorianne Elitharp Gutierrez and Joyce M. Mills examined thousands of historic photographs of the Liverpool area and chose well to fill the 128-page paperback “Around Liverpool,” issued June 22 by Arcadia Publishing as part of its well-known series, “Images of America.”

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EDITORIAL: Cicero’s leaked document investigation a waste of time and resources

The Cicero Police Department has officially closed its investigation into who leaked to the press the advisory opinion of the Cicero Ethics Board calling Supervisor Jessica Zambrano’s relationship with the town engineer a conflict of interest. After interviewing all parties and following up on all leads, Investigator James Meyers reported he has no suspects and no further leads.

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New York State Senate kicks off summer reading program

Summer reading is a great way to keep children academically sharp for the new school year. It can also be a fun and rewarding activity. That is why I am once again sponsoring the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program to encourage summer learning. The New York State Senate, in partnership with the New York State Library, offers this convenient online program, so families may enjoy the rewards of reading together.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: End of session focuses on Downstate needs, leaves Upstate out

The 2015 legislative session has ended. There were many accomplishments but the list of what did not get done for Upstate is longer. Instead, the end of session was dominated by New York City issues like rent control, property tax exemptions for NYC (421a) and discussions on the control of New York City schools.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: June was a month for the history books

As our country evolves and strives for a “more perfect union,” we have just witnessed three profound and historical events that have moved our nation to more closely reflect the words of the Preamble to the U.S. Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”